A man fished in the sea, while a woman built a fire
to cook the fish the man would catch from the barnacled
Together they picked blackberries, stashed their bucket in
by the edge of the road, chased a hound dog down the beach.
That afternoon, they rested.
The man plucked an old guitar, hummed, played harmonica,
while the woman danced in the sand, gathered shells.After dark,
she retrieved the berries for tomorrow's lunch, carried them
under the pier, where it's cool.They argued about sex before
going to sleep, having none.
Helen Losse's first book, Better
With Friends, was published byRank Stranger Press (Mt. Olive, NC) in 2009.She is the author of two chapbooks, Gathering
the Broken Pieces and Paper
Snowflakes.Her recent poetry
publications and acceptances include The Wild Goose Poetry Review,
Main Street Rag, Iodine Poetry Review, Blue Fifth Review, Heavy Bear,
Referential Magazine, Hobble Creek Review
and Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont.She is the Poetry Editor for The Dead Mule School of